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IDAHOBIT 2020

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia

Breaking the Silence

This past May we celebrated IDAHOBIT at Monash University with the theme Breaking the Silence. It reminded us that, while LGBTIQ issues have been more visible in recent years, there are still many within these communities who don’t have a platform and whose voices are not heard.

We stood in solidarity with those who are less visible – making noise for those who can’t speak up, tackling the crucial issues and breaking down shame and stigma. We came together (virtually) to share stories, learn, teach and celebrate the LGBTIQ communities in all of their diversity.

We invited all to take part, including the LGBTIQ communities and allies alike.

Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education)

The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is a day where we publicly state that we stand always with our LGBTIQ colleagues, family, and friends. It is part of our commitment to ending discrimination.

This year’s theme, Breaking the Silence, couldn’t be more apt, as we go through these unprecedented times. Our outside world today may be quiet and distant, but our virtual world is buzzing with the sound of community.

As Monash’s LGBTIQ executive sponsor, I urge you to join me in supporting our LGBTIQ community. Let’s come together virtually to speak up for those who can’t, share stories and learn from others, and celebrate our diversity. Together, we’ll continue achieving inclusion and equality for all in our community, and contribute to breaking the silence.

Professor Susan Elliott
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education)

Professor Susan Elliott

Past events

  • Transgender Awareness

    Students and staff

    Delivered by Transgender Victoria, this webinar provided an introduction to gender diversity, identity and expression. It offered tips on working and learning inclusively with transgender and gender diverse people and on how to be an active and effective ally.

  • This is me

    Students and staff

    MONSU Caulfield celebrated the voice and visibility of the Queer Community through their "This Is Me" campaign. They invited everyone to visit their Instagram page to meet some of the friendly faces at Monash and read about their experiences as members of the queer community. This was part of an ongoing initiative, where students get to share their stories: #ThisIsMe.

  • Queer Fest

    Students and staff

    This celebration of queer performance and culture featured an hour of live performance through Zoom, including drag, circus acts, spoken word and more.

  • MRS IDAHOBIT Movie Screening

    Students and staff

    Along with MRS D&I, MRS Queer hosted a screening of the Queer film The half of it. A link to the Netflix watch party was posted in the Facebook group Rainbow Res. This Facebook group is open to all Queer and Questioning students and staff living at MRS.

  • Ally Training

    Staff

    Delivered by Pride in Diversity, this webinar helped staff understand the LGBTIQ community and learn how to be effective allies. The session covered the concepts of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, and heightened awareness of the unique challenges that may be faced by LGBTIQ students and staff.

  • IDAHOBIT from Home

    Students and staff

    Everyone zoomed in for a Kahoot quiz with the Peninsula Queer Crew (with voucher prizes for the winner) from the comfort of their own home. They could bring their pet, a cup of tea, a funny hat, or whatever they liked to celebrate in their own way.

  • MQD Trivia Night

    Students

    The MSA Queer Department held a virtual Trivia Night through Zoom, with “breakout rooms” to facilitate discussion between “tables” (teams). There were numerous prizes, and it was a great time for all!

  • MPSU IDAHOBIT Movie Night

    Students

    MPSU screened The Half of It through Netflix Party.

  • PPA IDAHOBIT Virtual Support Board

    Students

    To show their support, Parkville Postgraduate Association (PPA) created a “virtual support wall” on their Facebook page, filled with messages of support from students. The virtual support wall was updated daily for a week to show continued support and solidarity with LGBTIQ students.

  • MPSU Virtual IDAHOBIT Art Project

    Students

    MPSU created a collaborative project where everyone could take a minute to pick their favourite colour and put in a word, sentence or quote to break the silence. All responses were combined at the end into a piece of art.

Get involved

There are so many ways you can get involved in each year's celebration. Here are just a few:

Contact us

Inclusive Communities

Email: inclusive.communities@monash.edu

Call: 9905 9499